Halal burgers use meat and other ingredients under Islamic law. A halal burger must not contain blood or pig-related products, such as bacon. Except for these exceptions, the burger may contain any combination of mustard, ketchup and cheese.
Halal, which means “lawful” in Arabic, covers many Islamic laws. Dhabi is the Islamic term for laws that pertain to slaughter. Halal burgers in barrhaven only use meat from animals whose throats have been slit and who have been dedicated to Allah, the Islamic god. The animal is then strung up and dried. This must be done by a person of authority, which can include any Muslim, Jew or Christian, and a few other people such as Sabaeans.
The basic structure of the burger is the same as ever. Although the burger itself is still made the same way as before, the burger company and the individual have taken the extra effort to ensure that the meat is halal and that machines are free from non-halal meat.
Islam does not require that halal food be consumed, even a halal hamburger. The Muslim can choose to eat a non-halal burger if there is an option. However, if there are no halal burgers available or any other halal food, it is not a sin to eat non-halal hamburgers.
There has been controversy about the move to halal burgers in several countries, including Britain and France. France’s public officials have expressed concern about replacing bacon with turkey on their menus. They claim that this violates the freedom to choose among non-Muslims. The halal method of killing cattle for burgers directly contradicts British beliefs regarding animal rights and the fair slaughter of cattle for meat. Animal welfare organizations have stated that dhabiha causes great suffering to animals. However, this has not been disputed by others.
Despite these protests, the halal hamburger has grown in popularity, and many other fast food items have been made halal-friendly. This was done to accommodate the increasing Muslim population in various cities and prevent discrimination against Muslims. It remains to be seen if religious beliefs or a balance can be achieved between them.